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The Royal College of Nursing has said it still has considerable concerns about the Health and Social Care Bill following the completion of its passage through parliament

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter said: "Now the bill is about to get Royal Assent, we wish to be clear that the RCN respects the democratic process. This is, however, a deeply flawed bill that we have repeatedly raised concerns about. We have achieved some concessions which make it a different piece of legislation from that which first appeared, but our real concerns about the future of the NHS have not been heeded.

"It is now our responsibility to patients to do everything we can to ensure the health service runs as best it can despite the massive upheaval this bill will bring. We intend to work with trusts, regulators and other bodies but our fear is that in the fullness of time this bill will be a cause of significant regret.

"Perhaps most importantly, we will be supporting nursing staff who are going to have to pick up the pieces and still deliver the best care they can for patients through this extremely difficult time of change. The RCN is committed to the principles of the NHS – that it provides care free for all at the point of need – if this is infringed in any way we will challenge it."

Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:11

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